April 12, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Council has green lighted the City’s second-ever cohousing project, approved at last night’s public hearing. The project, which submitted an application to rezone three single-family residential lots last summer, will now develop a six-storey building with 25 cohousing homes, 22 of which will be two and three bedroom suited for families.
On Tuesday, April 11th, Council unanimously passed the following motion to lift the moratorium on taxi licenses in the City of Vancouver:
ACTION TO LIFT THE MORATORIUM ON NEW TAXI LICENCES
WHEREAS the Passenger Transportation Board released a decision April 7 approving, after a period of delay, the application of the four Vancouver taxi companies to add 175 taxis to the Vancouver fleet, including 26 wheelchair accessible taxis; and
WHEREAS council has previously indicated its support for expansion of the taxi fleet as proposed by the Vancouver taxi industry;
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services reported 115 overdose calls the week of March 27, bringing the total number of calls reported for the month of March to 565, an increase of 18 per cent from February. Last Saturday, VPD issued a special warning after 12 overdoses were reported in the morning hours alone around the area of Gore and Columbia.
With 11 days remaining in March, overdose deaths in Vancouver are likely to increase over February totals. To date, the Vancouver Police Department has reported 21 suspected overdose deaths in Vancouver whereas in February, there were 25 recorded by VPD. Toxicology reports are not yet complete on cases that occurred in March, and final overdose death numbers need to be confirmed by the BC Coroners Service. It should be noted that VPD do not record all overdose deaths, such as those occurring in hospitals.